One day after Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said he is seeing a second doctor’s opinion, tight end O.J. Howard will be placed on IR and be out for the rest of this season.
This is the second straight year in which Howard’s season will end early because of an injury, this time coming from both foot and ankle problems that he suffered towards the end of the Giants game.
Howard had also been battling an MCL injury on his knee that happened to him week four in Chicago, though was able to tough it out and not miss any games from it. Ultimately this new injury did him in.
It’s a tough blow to Howard, who was having a breakout season in his second year. Howard had 565 receiving yards on 34 catches and five touchdowns, but more importantly was a big focal point of the Bucs high powered offense.
Cameron Brate will take over as the first tight end on the depth chart. Historically, he’s had good chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston.